BBC reports US consulate in Benghazi 'did not have enough security'

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    This article really shows how poorly this consulate was guarded. Externally the Consulate was guarded by local militia who according to the article, put down their guns and ran away.

    And what's really crazy is that there had been 4 attacks in Benghazi since June.

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    " The US consulate in Benghazi, where the US ambassador to Libya died in an attack on Tuesday, was not given the standard security contract offered to many American diplomatic missions in the Middle East, private military contractors have told the BBC.

    The consulate's walls were breached in just 15 minutes, guards were outgunned and overwhelmed and four US personnel were killed, including the Ambassador, J Christopher Stevens.

    US embassies and consulates in areas of the world where they are deemed liable to attack are usually offered a formal security contract called a Worldwide Protective Services Agreement, known in the industry as a 'Wips'.

    The contract, or so-called tasking order, is between the US state department and any one of several major private military contractors such as DynCorp International and Aegis Defence Services.

    Under this agreement, extensive security precautions are put in place, including low-profile armoured vehicles, run-flat tyres, sufficient weapons, ammunition and trained personnel, as well as a tried and tested command and control system.

    But sources have told the BBC that on the advice of a US diplomatic regional security officer, the mission in Benghazi was not given the full contract despite lobbying by private contractors.


    BBC News - US consulate in Benghazi 'did not have enough security'
     
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    Well, their powers of deduction are exceptional.
     
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    And if this is true, someone needs to be fired.

    Senior diplomatic sources are now saying that the U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given to diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movements of embassy personnel are severely restricted.

    Obama administration warned of possible attacks, but failed to take precautions - Tucson Congress | Examiner.com
     
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    I remember waking up to the BBC on TV in Prague the day after Obamination won the election. I could tell by their bullshit tone that he won since they were talking it up....but funny how they are now seeing he is an idiot.
     
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    Yeah gotta love the BBC. I hear Captain Obvious works there too.
     
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    That's what you say when amateurs are trying something for the first time, but then that would apply with this administration.
     
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